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Great Sleep Secrets

You know how well-rested and content you feel after a great night of sleep, especially when compared to a night of inadequate sleep. Many Americans deal with insomnia and other sleeping issues every day, and our team here at Blind & Shutter Gallery is here to help with some secrets to share to help you get an amazing night’s sleep.

Hunter Douglas Solera® Soft Shades, blackout shades, cellular roman shades near St. Petersburg, Florida (FL)

1. Room Darkening Shades

One of the most crucial elements of good sleep is having a darkened room. Science has proven in many studies that any light can interrupt your sleep cycle. Lights that can hinder rest include TVs, street lights, laptops, cell phones, and even backlit alarm clocks. You can turn off your devices but that doesn’t stop incoming lights from the street. Custom window treatments from Hunter Douglas are an easy and attractive way to get the dark you need with a look you love.

Window blinds have been a popular choice for many years because they’re a versatile option that’s available in many colors and finishes. The drawback to blinds has been the light that sneaks in through the route, or cord, holes. The de-Light™ feature available with EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds solves that problem by eliminating cord holes to reduce unwanted light by 50% more than traditional blinds.

Solera® Soft Shades in a room-darkening opacity gives you the classic beauty of Roman shades with a modern twist. Enjoy the soft folds of a Roman shade combined with the innovative construction of a cellular shade for a visually striking window covering that will also enhance your home’s energy efficiency. The insulating interior cells also absorb sound to provide you with a more quiet and peaceful sleeping environment. If you spend time in your bedroom during the day and want to enjoy the sunlight, opt for the Top-Down/Bottom-Up operating system so you can bask in the warm glow of natural light while keeping your private life private.

2. Cut Down on Screens and Caffeine

Limiting screen time and caffeine intake before bed can also help you to wind down and settle in for a restful night. Experts recommend having your last coffee of the day about six hours before you hit the hay. You may not feel wired, but caffeine is a nervous system stimulant that can make it hard for you to relax. The same is true of the blue light emitted by most screens. Put your devices away about 30 minutes before bedtime as blue light suppresses melatonin production which is essential for quality sleep.

3. Schedule Time for Sleep

You should also develop a sleep routine and keep a consistent sleep schedule. Yes, even on the weekends. Your sleep routine can be as simple as washing your face and reading a book in the hour leading up to bedtime. Any routine that lets your body know “Hey! It’s time to rest.” A solid sleep schedule will also help keep your circadian rhythm in check, so you’ll naturally start to feel tired at the same time each night and awaken around the same time each morning. Switching it up too much over the weekend can throw the whole thing off.

Contact Us

Are you ready to create a more restful bedroom using Hunter Douglas window treatments? The experts at Blind & Shutter Gallery are here to help. We’ve been the area’s premier resource for upscale window treatments for over 20 years, and we look forward to serving the community for many more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our spacious showroom is in St. Petersburg, FL, and we’re happy to serve St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa, FL.